• Air Flights

    Major airlines fly into Cape Town and Johannesburg on a daily basis. You won’t get cheaper fares by booking them in Southern Africa so you may as well book them from wherever you are/live.
  • Baz Bus Hop on Hop off

    The Baz Bus is a hop-on, hop-off backpackers bus in South Africa. It’s an easy way to get from A to B and a fun way to meet other travellers. They drop you at your backpacking hostel door.
  • Buy back Car Companies

    Buy a car here for your journey through Southern Africa and save up to 60% in rental fees!
  • Car Hire South Africa

    There are a number of cheap car hire operators in South Africa. All of the cities in South Africa have car hire branches.
  • Long distance trains

    Southern Africa does not have a great railroad infrastructure so travelling by train is fairly restrictive (but fun nonetheless).
  • Minibus taxis

    Without doubt, the cheapest way to travel is to use local black transport systems or “minibus taxis”. They require nerves of steel but are definitely the most efficient way to get around pretty much anywhere in South Africa.

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Long Distance Buses

There are a number of long distance buses including Translux, Intercape, Greyhound and the Baz Bus (which is the only real backpacker bus).


Transport

  • Mainliner bus services

    These are usually air-conditioned “luxury buses” which have on-board toilets and a hostess who occasionally offers you a sugary drink or blanket. “Chicken (pack ‘em and stack ‘em) busses” are cheaper, less spacious, more crowded, more likely to be fun (if you have a sense of humour) and more likely to break down. In some areas they may be the only bus service and are unlikely to have a strict timetable.
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(randomly selected service providers from all regions)

Pippins Country House
An escape from city lights with the Winelands, beach and the airport within easy reach.
(Grabouw,Overberg )

Barry's and Witsand Backpackers
Barry’s offers upmarket accommodation (linen and towels provided) at backpacker rates.
(Witsand,Overberg )

High Five Kite Surfing School and Adventures
High-Five offers surf and SUP lessons, seal snorkelling, paragliding, skydiving and mountain biking day trips.
(Cape Town Suburbs,Cape Town)

St Johns Waterfront Lodge
This well established Cape Town backpackers is near the Waterfront and across the road from the World Cup Stadium.
(Green Point,Cape Town)

Brown Sugar Backpackers
A perfect backpackers to stay at when in Johannesburg.
(Johannesburg,Johannesburg)

Shewula Mountain Camp
Lying on the border of Mozambique high in the mountains, this is a community owned camp with good facilities.
(Eastern Swaziland,Swaziland)

Tekweni Backpackers Hostel
Tekweni Backpacking hostel in Durban cooks. One can’t say anything else about this ever-buzzy hostel and its hordes of people.
(Durban ,Durban)

Cape Oasis Guesthouse
In a quiet neighbourhood with beautiful views of the mountain.
(Northern Beaches,Cape Town)

Armbush Safaris
The travel specialists for Botswana
(Addo Elephant Park,Botswana)

Gouritz Bungy
Great bridgeand bungy jumping at the Gouritz River.
(Mossel Bay,Garden Route)